So, what does organic, naturally grown and sustainable mean? Not to mention pasture-raised, grassfed, and free-range. Below we have included some of the main categories and what they mean.
The USDA National Organic Program outlines the strict uniform standards that farms must meet in order to sell their products as organic. Organic growing methods replenish soil fertility, and prohibit use of persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Certified Naturally Grown
This certification program, administered by a nonprofit organization, is tailored to small-scale farms that observe growing practices based on the highest principles and ideals of organic farming.
>Sustainable growing methods aim to produce food while minimizing damage to the surrounding physical and social environments.
Biodynamics works with the healthgiving forces of nature to improve the health of the planet and its people. Farms can be Certified Biodynamic by Demeter® USA.
Pertaining to livestock husbandry, grassfed systems that raise livestock on pasture are ecologically sustainable, humane, and result in healthier meat, dairy, and eggs.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic or Sustainably-Produced Foods:
- 1. Protect future generations
- 2. Prevent soil erosion
- 3. Protect Water Quality
- 4. Save energy
- 5. Keep chemicals off your plate
- 6. Protect farm worker health
- 7. Help small farmers
- 8. Support a beneficial economy
- 9. Promote biodiversity
- 10. Taste better flavor